With a relationship-focused environment, our mission is to train students to independently and critically think while providing each with the opportunity to embrace a Christ-centered, Biblical worldview as true and the foundation for learning.
His educational/ministry background: Jay answered the Lord’s call on his life over 7 years ago when he accepted the position of Director of Ministry for LifeRight Outreach in Alexandria, Mn. His responsibilities included providing Christian leadership, education and mentoring to men and women who struggle with significant life issues (i.e. addiction, prison, homelessness etc.) At the beginning of 2015, Jay stepped out in faith and launched a new church plant in Alexandria called, The Church: He currently serves as Lead Pastor. Prior to going into ministry, Jay spent 20 years in the Investment Services Industry and is an 8 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
His family life: Jay and his beautiful wife, Rochelle, have been married almost 10 years. Jay has 6 children ranging from 34 down to 13, and three amazing grandchildren. As a family, the Jenson’s love the outdoors, motorcycling, and watching their children compete or perform in their varied activities. Jay is also a fitness enthusiast and an avid weightlifter.
What brought him to NorthStar: Jay sees NorthStar Christian Academy as vital component to children receiving the education necessary for them to be able to critically think about, determine and defend what they truly believe. He believes, it will be a safe learning environment where students can ask and think through the many challenging questions they wrestle with everyday trying to determine what the truth is. It will also be a place where students will see and experience the authentic love of Christ lived out through the hands and feet of the amazing NCA team of teachers and volunteers. Jay also believes NCA can be a platform for all of our area churches to come together in unity and promote the furthering of Biblically-based Christian education for the student in their congregations.
His life verse is: Jay has many life verses but a couple he carries constantly are: 1) “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians. 2:20). 2) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your path straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
If he could choose his epitaph, it would be: He loved his God with all of his heart, his mind, his soul and his strength. He loved his neighbor as himself and he served the Lord all the days of his life! AND “I told you I didn’t feel good!”
Her educational/ministry background: Dee received her B.S. degree in Mathematics from Southwest State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She went on to earn her teaching certification from NDSU. She taught and coached at Henning High School for 2 years before pursuing a Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern College of Chiropractic. She then practiced for 7 years. For the past 20 years Dee has been substitute teaching and coaching at DMS and AAHS. She is also an FCA volunteer and attends Alexandria Covenant Church.
Her family life: Dee has been married to her amazing husband, Larry, for 29 years. She has two children: Brynn (21), who attends Arizona State University. And Toby (17), who attends AAHS.
What brought her to NorthStar: Dee’s heart’s desire is for people and students to seek and know the Lord and follow him, because he is, "The way, the truth, and the life" and he has come to give us a full, rich life now and for eternity. She is excited that the students attending Northstar will be presented with facts and ideas which are not openly allowed in public schools. This will allow them to critically think and respond with freedom, and give them tools to joyfully, and purposefully live their lives.
Her life verse is: "Jesus said, 'The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy; but I have come that you might have life and life to the full'" (John 10:10).
If she could choose her epitaph, it would be: The Lord was her rock, light, and salvation.
His educational/ministry background: Jeremiah received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology from Bethel University in St. Paul and later received his Master’s degree from St. Cloud State University. He has taken several post-graduate courses in biology and chemistry as well as a semester of courses at Bethel Seminary.
He serves as the Worship Director of the Point Ministries and plays bass with national recording artists Red Letter Band. Jeremiah has served in youth ministry as a volunteer since 2004 and has taken several short-term missions trips to Mexico.
His family life: Jeremiah and his wife Marie, live in Alexandria with their three kids, Zoe (8), Phoenix (4) and Sydney (9 months).
What brought him to NorthStar: The vision and mission of North Star is a tremendous opportunity for the students in the Alexandria community to engage and discuss the “big questions” of life. As one who is passionate about life-long learning, Jeremiah is committed to North Star’s mission of educational excellence. As a Christ-follower, Jeremiah desires to experience the continued and on-going transformational power found in the “Good News”of Jesus. This joy is fully awakened when in community when we walk with Him together. Jeremiah is excited to work with these “upcoming” Christian-leaders on their journey, to help provide perspective on grace, truth and serving our community; as we seek Him together.
His life verse is: Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
If he could choose his epitaph, it would be: Safe in the arms of Jesus.